CROCODILE ISLAND, CAGAYAN: IMPORTANT TRAVEL TIPS

The island got its name because of its rock formation that resembles a crocodile from a distance. This destination is often a part of the island hopping activities around Palaui. Its golden sand may not be soft, but it has a raw and distinct charm that makes it a worthwhile addition to your itinerary whenever you visit this part of the Philippines.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Tuguegarao Airport (Cagayan)

By Air
  1. There are flights from Manila to Tuguegarao.
  2. Once in the city, leave the airport and wait by the highway for buses or vans bound for Sta. Ana.
  3. The next step after arriving at Sta. Ana is to get on a tricycle that will take you to the port of San Vicente.
  4. After arriving at the port, look for boats that will take you to the tourist spots. Rental prices will vary depending on where you want to go.
By Land
  1. There are buses bound for Tuguegarao from Manila that costs around P600 one way.
  2. Once you arrive at Tuguegarao City, look for the vans that travel to Sta. Ana, Cagayan.
  3. The next step after arriving at Sta. Ana is to get on a tricycle that will take you to the port of San Vicente.
  4. After arriving at the port, look for boats that will take you to the tourist spots. Rental prices will vary depending on where you want to go.

 
You have to pay P50 at the tourism office before leaving. A boat can accommodate up to 8 people max. You may end up spending approximately P3000 to P3500 for combination day trips and around P3800 to P4000 if you plan to do an overnight trip.

 


Entrance Fee and Other Charges

  • Entrance Fee: Crocodile Island can be reached when you book a tour.
  • Camping Fee: People don’t usually spend much of their time here, so camping is not that popular among visitors.
  • Cottage Rental Fee: There are no cottages on the island.
  • Guide Fee: P300 (4 pax)
  • Other Standardized Tour Rates: Punta Verde (P1000); Anguib Beach (P1500); Cape Engano (P1800); Crocodile Island (P500); Pugo Moro (P500); Siwangag Cove (P1500); Puzurubo (P1800)

Don’t Miss

  • You can climb up the rock formation to get a bird’s eye view of the surroundings; take this time to take several pictures of the raw beauty of the surroundings. You can spot the nearby palaui Island from here.
  • Swim or wade in the beach, get a tan, and just savor your time away from the stress and hustle and bustle of the metropolis.

Don’t Forget

  • Bring more than enough cash with you to cover your expenses. Preferably do your shopping and cash withdrawals while in Tuguegarao City and/or at Sta. Ana.
  • Keep your gadgets and things dry by securing them in a dry bag or covering them with plastic or garbage bags.
  • Charge your devices whenever you can because you wouldn’t want to miss out on taking several selfies and photos of the destinations in your itinerary.
  • Bring snacks and drinks if you plan to have a picnic on the beach. Leave no trace behind.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • After a visit to Crocodile Island and the other attractions around Palaui, you can stop by other places if you have extra time. Some of the places you can go to include exploring the places of interest near Tuguegarao City or plan another trip to the Ilocos Region.

Where to Stay

If you have other places to visit in Cagayan and opt to do day trip rather than spend overnight on Palaui Island, the municipality of Sta Ana offers plenty of choices. Here are some of the top hotels in Sta. Ana according to Agoda users (as of October 2017).

Photo was provided by the resort via Agoda.

For more options, search here: Santa Ana Hotels


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